Medicare's first step in reining in the skyrocketing cost of specialty drugs deserves support—something it has not received from hospitals, doctors, politicians or, of course, the pharmaceutical industry, which benefits the most from the status quo.
The CMS is proposing to increase Medicare payments for dialysis services. Under the proposed rulemaking, dialysis facilities would receive 0.5% or $50 million more in 2017 than they received in reimbursement this year.
The Medicare trust fund will be insolvent by 2028, according to the 2016 Medicare trustees' report released Wednesday. The prediction is a departure from the 2030 date the Obama administration outlined in the previous two reports.
The new House Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare lacks specifics because it would have to broadly tax employer health plans to raise enough money to adequately fund insurance subsidies, a prominent Republican health economist says.
Commercial payers save $38 billion annually when patients get care in ambulatory surgery centers, according to a study done in collaboration with the Ambulatory Surgical Center Association. The AHA is challenging its methodology.
The CMS has finalized a rule under which it will begin paying the same as private insurance rates for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests. The rule is expected to save $390 million in its first year of implementation and $3.93 billion over 10 years.
The Obama administration will offer an update Wednesday on the state of the nation's entitlement programs.
Months after a series of malfunctions led to the national recall of a heart valve device, providers are looking to expand its use by pushing the CMS to finalize a proposed increase in payment for the device.
The American Medical Association has added itself to a growing list of organizations that are opposed to the CMS' proposal for a new Medicare Part B drug reimbursement program.
The CMS says it has surpassed its goal for reducing the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes. Patient advocates, however, are expressing skepticism over the claim.
Imagine a bank robbery gone wrong. Now, imagine the robbers ask the police for a do-over. We all know that the reward for a botched bank robbery isn't a second shot at someone else's money. Astoundingly, the hospitals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are asking for exactly that kind of do-over.
The Obama administration is proposing specific protections from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The regulations would also require hospitals to develop infection-prevention and antibiotic-stewardship programs.